Impersonation of a Police Officer
7/15/2011 10:00:00 AM
Nature of Incident: Impersonation of a Police Officer
Location: Thousand Oaks, CA / Camarillo, CA
Date & Time/ RB#: June 25, 2011 @ 9:45 PM / RB# 11-14518
Unit Responsible: East County Major Crimes Investigations Unit
Camarillo Investigations Unit
Suspect: City of Residence Age
Craig William Voss Ventura 23
On June 25, 2011, a Thousand Oaks resident reported that he was driving in the city of Thousand Oaks when a male subject in a black Nissan pickup truck stopped him. The truck was equipped with red and blue flashing lights, similar to equipment on law enforcement vehicles. The subject was also dressed in clothing and possessed equipment similar to that of an actual law enforcement officer.
During the contact, the subject had the victim exit the vehicle so a search could be conducted of the victim's vehicle. After the search was completed, the victim was allowed to return to his vehicle and drive away. The victim later discovered that two credit cards were missing from his wallet. Therefore, the victim reported the incident to the Thousand Oaks Police Department.
Detectives from the East County Major Crimes Unit began an investigation into the incident. Evidence was discovered that one of the victim's credit cards was used at several locations, from Los Angeles County to Santa Cruz County. Video surveillance was obtained from some of the transactions, which identified Craig Voss as being the person who fraudulently used the victim's stolen credit card. Voss was later identified by the victim as being the person who stopped him and impersonated a police officer.
During a subsequent investigation, Camarillo Police Detectives developed evidence that indicated that Voss had been involved in two residential burglaries and one attempted residential burglary in the Camarillo Springs area.
Voss has never been employed as a law enforcement officer. Detectives contacted and later arrested Voss for a variety of criminal charges, including impersonation of a police officer, grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and residential burglary. Voss is currently in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail on $20,000.00 bail.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is committed to safeguarding the relationship we have with the communities we serve. We suggest that if a citizen becomes concerned about contact with a law enforcement officer, he or she should ask to see the officer's department photo identification. If this does not relieve the concern, we suggest calling the appropriate agency to verify the officer's employment status.
Officer Preparing Release: Detective Allen Devers
Follow-up Contact: Detective Allen Devers / (805) 494-8222
Date of Release: July 15, 2011
Approved By: Commander Brent Morris